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An institution of higher learning was the scene of suspended elevation today.
D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services safely rescued two men stuck in a cherry-picker for more than three hours on the campus of George Washington University, where they’d been working on a building on the 2100 block of I Street NW. Vito Maggiolo, a spokesperson for FEMS, says the agency received a call around 12:20 p.m. after the lift malfunctioned. The men were about four stories high, he adds, but not in danger; FEMS used another cherry-picker to bring them down.
“These guys looked like they were seasoned veterans of the construction industry,” Maggiolo says. “The reason the whole process took so long was [because] safety was our prime consideration.” Both men were released without any injuries.
“They just kind of cooled their heels until we got them down.”
Rescue Squad personnel continue to review safe options on how to remove stranded workers in lift. pic.twitter.com/cQLSWAA9qs— DC Fire and EMS (@dcfireems) June 24, 2016
Second lift device arriving with MPD escort. We plan to transfer 2 stranded workers to this platform. pic.twitter.com/Op9AoaIpxi— DC Fire and EMS (@dcfireems) June 24, 2016
A 3rd, higher lift was needed. Transferring & lowering stranded workers 1 at a time. Safety was prime consideration. pic.twitter.com/Nrtim4vDI4— DC Fire and EMS (@dcfireems) June 24, 2016